EVANGELIZATION WITHIN FAMILIES

``Parents are the primary evangelizers as well as the primary catechists and educators of their children.

Amid all the pressure to prepare their children for success in life, parents need to realize there is no greater success and no greater gift they can give their children than a relationship with Jesus and his Church, which endures throughout eternity. A family of joyful missionary disciples is one where sacrificial love, after Christ’s example and in the power of his Spirit, is the principle that governs all of life. The first priority is given to participation in the Sunday liturgy and daily prayer; decisions about activities and finances are made according to the mind of Christ; the spouses talk freely to one another and to their children about the Lord; the faith is enculturated through various family and cultural traditions and celebrations; and, above all, the mutual gift of self is the norm for all relationships. In such families, the spouses are witnesses of Christ to one another, and often even the children, through the simplicity of their faith, evangelize their parents`` (Unleash the Gospel, Marker 7.2, Evangelization Within Families).

PARENT VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE

The mission of the Parent Volunteer Committee is to support and enhance the experience for our students both academically and spiritually through fundraising and volunteer opportunities uniting families and staff to serve our parish school while transforming the culture.

SCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The OLGC School Advisory Committee’s primary mission is to work with the faculty and administration to develop and recommend policy in accordance with the established polices and directives of the Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The Committee is an advisory committee concerning the issues of planning long and short range; assisting with development, marketing, and public relations; and recommending policy. Meetings are held from 5:30–7:00 p.m. in the Parish House or other locations on the school campus.

ALPHA

IS THERE MORE TO LIFE?

Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 10 weeks, sometimes in a church, a home, or a restaurant. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk, and time to discuss the topic.

During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple. Questions might include–Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?

Alpha is for everyone –no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome.

RETREATS FOR PARENTS

OLGC Parish School is committed to offering a life-changing encounter with Jesus, and every year we want to bless our moms and dads with an incredible opportunity to encounter the Lord through a retreat experience.

MOMS' RETREAT

The theme for the moms' retreat was Come away with me (Mark 6:31). Moms were invited to rest and be renewed by the Spirit. The weekend included talks and testimonies, quiet time for reflection, Adoration and sharing with each other. It was a beautiful time of building community and deepening their faith.

Here is what past attendees had to say:

“I have never before been in the presence of Jesus for such a long time. This was an amazing experience.”

“The prayer ministers that came were a true blessing to me where I am in my life right now.”

“This was a wonderful experience and so very needed for me at this time.”

DADS' RETREAT

The role of fathers in particular is essential, since one of the greatest factors influencing a child’s future practice of the faith is the religious involvement of his or her father. Amid all the pressure to prepare their children for success in life, parents need to realize there is no greater success and no greater gift they can give their children than a relationship with Jesus and his Church, which endures throughout eternity (Unleash the Gospel, Marker 7.2).
There were many grace-filled moments during the dads' retreat. The theme of he retreat was Defending Your Faith and Family. The weekend focused on their identity as God's sons and how that is the foundation to what it means to be a father. Our dads left the retreat with practical tools to take authority over their homes and families.

Here’s what one dad had to say about the retreat:

“Those who presented made it very personal and real so it was easy to relate to what they were presenting, and it was easy to understand the message God was delivering. The length of the retreat was perfect! Having the opportunity to be in Adoration during some hours at night and for the start the day on Saturday was a powerful experience. I also liked the fact that I was among other men in very similar circumstances (OLGC dads) as we share, in some level, the same big desire: to better fulfill our mission of being the best dads God has created us to be for our children.”

D.A.A.D. (Dads Acting As Disciples)

DADS, WE'RE CALLING YOU ON.

The Goals of DAAD:
1.) Provide a positive male role model for students, demonstrating that education and faith are important (teaching students to be leaders of faith and academics).
2.) Reflect on our identity as men of God and our role within our families.

Interested in joining? Contact Chris Squires.

Fight the Good Fight

A resource page for families to build upon their faith at home.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School is committed to equipping our school and parish families to “Fight the good fight of the Faith” by suggesting resources to help strengthen, inspire, and challenge our parents to build the faith and discipleship of their families in a practical way through prayer, talking points, and stories. Check back regularly for updates and additions to our set of resources.
Questions? Contact Suzanne Moser.